You rarely hear New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick praise his own players, let alone the ones playing for the opposing team. However, Belichick recently decided to make an exception for Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson.
Speaking with the media ahead of the Pats’ Week 2 meeting against Seattle, Belichick openly raved about Wilson, labeling him as underrated and “tremendous player.”
“Honestly, I think he’s in a way underrated by the media or the fans, I don’t know. But I don’t really see anybody better than this player,” said Belichick. “This guy is a tremendous player.”
According to Belichick, he is especially impressed by Wilson’s versatility.
“He can do everything,” he added. “He’s got obviously great leadership, playmaking skills. He plays very well in the most critical situations in the game. His decision-making, running, passing.”
Belichick faced Russell Wilson four times in the past, recording two wins and two losses in those games. One of those wins came in Super Bowl XLIX when the Pats defeated Seattle thanks to Wilson’s interception.
But New England probably doesn’t expect Wilson to make similar mistakes, considering he now has a future Hall of Famer resume. The 31-year-old signal-caller was especially on a tear in the past three seasons, having thrown 30+ touchdowns in each one. No other QB managed to do this in the same period.
Wilson also had a great start of 2020 NFL season, leading Seattle to Week 1 win against Atlanta Falcons with 322 passing yards and four touchdowns.